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Development of a flood warning simulation system: a case study of 2007 Tewkesbury flood.

Wang, Chen; Jiang, Yang; Xie, Huan; Miller, David; Brown, Iain


Chen Wang

Yang Jiang

Huan Xie

David Miller

Iain Brown


M. Lang

F. Klijn

P. Samuels


Many flood warning systems were developed for 2D environments and limited on specific flood hazard. With the purpose of overcoming these disadvantages, it is necessary to propose new methodologies and techniques for 3D real time flood simulation. In this paper, a novel flood hazard warning system has been proposed. It describes and defines the relationship between the different parts of the simulation system in order to offer not only numeric data or figures, but also more meaningful and appealing 3D visual information. Consequently, the performance of this simulation system depends on the quality of the three sub systems: 3D real world modelling system with GIS data, 3D environment reconstruction system and 3D flood simulation system. A new flooding model has been developed which can handle dynamic flood behaviour and predict inundation areas in real time. In order to validate our flood warning system, the region of Tewkesbury in England has been simulated with a potential flood. The flood spreading process is shown during different time and the detailed inundation area is presented for further disaster evaluation. The study achieved two main objectives: implementing a useful flood simulation with real world model and reconstructed environment for flood hazard warning; producing a friendly simulation system interface for either a decision maker or experienced user.


WANG, C., JIANG, Y., XIE, H., MILLER, D. and BROWN, I. 2016. Development of a flood warning simulation system: a case study of 2007 Tewkesbury flood. In Lang, M., Klijn, F. and Samuels, P. (eds.) E3S web of conferences [online], 7: proceedings of the 3rd European flood risk management conference (FLOODrisk 2016), 17-21 October 2016, Lyon, France, article ID 18021. Available from:

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name 3rd European flood risk management conference (FLOODrisk 2016)
Conference Location Lyon, France
Start Date Oct 17, 2016
End Date Oct 21, 2016
Acceptance Date Feb 9, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 20, 2016
Publication Date Oct 20, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 21, 2017
Journal E3s web of conferences
Electronic ISSN 2267-1242
Publisher EDP Sciences
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Article Number 18021
Series ISSN 2267-1242
Keywords Flood warning systems; Flood hazard; 3D real world modelling; Tewkesbury; England
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